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LocAle Clubs - Autumn 2014

Since its inception, the Keighley and Craven LocAle Scheme has grown steadily. There are 76 establishments permanently stocking real ale from breweries located within 25 miles, most of course being public houses. There are however, a few members‘ clubs supporting local breweries and drawing in new custom by offering cask-conditioned beer. We‘re always keen to hear about clubs that offer cask beer, so if you know of any please contact us with the information.

Parkside Social Club, Haworth

The first club is in Haworth at the heart of the Worth Valley. On a cobbled lane just up the hill from the Worth Valley Railway and opposite Haworth Central Park, sits a solid stone structure with a long history, which has served as both an institute and a schoolroom. It is now home to the Parkside Social Club, a well-established part of the local community. Normally a members club, when there are events in the village, the bar is open to the general public. Well-appointed, large and open plan with pool and snooker tables as well as a darts board, there‘s also a large screen in the bar area that shows football matches.

Ably kept by bar manager Shona Grange, cask beer returned after a long break. Initially there was only one hand pump but now there are two, with one offering LocAle beer Goose Eye Bitter and the other a rotating guest beer. There‘s an upstairs function room with a bar and dance floor available to hire. Regular club events include charity fundraisers, social evenings, discos, dances and ladies‘ nights. The Parkside Social Club is family-friendly, non-political and not for profit. New members are welcome and non-members can be signed in up to twice a month prior to joining. Opening times: 5-11 Mon-Wed; 4-11 Thu & Fri; 12-midnight Sat; 12-10.30 Sun. Buses 664; 665; 500 (and, of course, the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway), all serve Haworth.

Parkside Social Club, The Institute, Butt Lane, Haworth BD22 8QJ. Tel: 01535 643470

Keighley Rugby Union Football Club, Utley, Keighley

Our next club, the Keighley Rugby Union Football Club, is located in the Aire Valley a couple of miles from Keighley town centre. Formed in 1920 by a group of old boys from Keighley Grammar School, matches were played at various locations around Keighley in the early years. A permanent playing area at Thwaites and a social club in the town centre sufficed for decades, until the current playing facilities and clubhouse were built in 1986, in Utley, on the (old) Skipton Road - now the B6265. A successful community-focused club throughout the years, KRUFC teams still enjoy good local support. The clubhouse facilities include a meeting room, catering facilities, dance floor and stage area and the venue is available for hire.

The bar is run by club stewardess Lyndsey and offers LocAle beers Timothy Taylor Golden Best as well as an alternating beer from the Goose Eye Brewery stable. The club has held two real ale festivals which have been well-received by club members as well as members of the local community. Non-members are welcome in the bar. On first-team home-match days there is a fee to enter the grounds but the bar is open to those attending. A seated patio area offers excellent views of the rugby pitch. The clubhouse should have undergone a tasteful refurbishment by the time you read this article. Opening hours: 7-10 Mon-Fri; 12-2 Sat (summer); 12-late Sat (during the rugby season). Buses 25; 66; 66A; 762; 765; and 903 all pass by the club.

Keighley Rugby Union Football Club, Skipton Road, Utley, Keighley BD20 6DT Tel: 01535 602174

The White Rose Club, Skipton

NOTE: The White Rose Club has since closed permanently, and no longer exists.

Our third club is The White Rose Club in the historic town of Skipton. Located just past the Devonshire (Wetherspoons) on Newmarket Street, the white-washed exterior of the White Rose fronts a pleasantly furnished bar area. A members club, all guests are made welcome with beers ranging from £2.30 to £2.50 a pint. The LocAle beer is ever changing, with offerings from breweries such as Dark Horse, Goose Eye, Naylor‘s, Saltaire and Yorkshire Dales. Tetley Bitter is also available. The separate function room can accommodate 120 people and has a stage and dance floor - it is free to hire. Hot and cold buffets can also be provided.

The White Rose Club is family friendly, with traditional pub games such as dominos, pool and snooker. Various live music events are held, usually on Saturdays - check Facebook for more information. Sky Sports is available daily and the WIFI is free. Located less than 5-minutes walk from Skipton bus station and around 10 minutes from the railway station. Opening hours: 12-3, 7-11 Mon-Thu; 12-midnight Fri; 12-11.30 Sat; 12-11 Sun.

White Rose Club, 30 Newmarket Street, Skipton BD23 2JB

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